Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Murphy, Jessica
Discipline and Number
LIT 3312 Section 501
R Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Detective Fiction

Description of Course:

What makes a good detective story? In this course, students will investigate the structure of the detective story and assess the influence of historical events on this popular genre. Over the course of the class, we will also consider the contribution of "marginal" writers to the development of the genre. Students will use their greater understanding of the detective story to write either an analytical essay about one or two of the texts in the course or a detective story of their own.

Required Texts:

  • Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye, Vintage 0394757688

  • Patricia Cornwell, Blowfly, Berkley 9780425198735

  • Walter Mosley, Devil in a Blue Dress, Wash. Sq., 0743451791

  • Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Signet 9780451523938

  • Sara Paretsky, Hardball, Putnam 9780451412935

  • Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express, Berkley 9780425200452

  • Agatha Christie, The Thirteen Problems 9780451200204 (We will read only 3 of these stories, so you do not need to buy the text)

  • Course Reader

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Participation, short writings, midterm exam, final project, and final exam.

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